Retail stores and other main street businesses in Minnesota can re-open Monday if they have a social distancing plan and operate at 50 percent occupancy, Governor Tim Walz said last night (Wed) as he announced he’s letting his stay-at-home order expire. The governor says small businesses are critical to Minnesota’s social and economic fabric:

“I recognize how hard this pandemic has fallen on them, and I hope this action charts a safe and prosperous path forward.”

Walz says family-and-friend gatherings of 10 people or less can resume, and his administration is preparing guidance on how to safely re-open bars, restaurants, barbershops, salons and fitness centers beginning June 1st:

“This will coincide with a significant increase in testing, tracing and isolating the virus in the state.”

But Walz stresses that to avoid an overwhelming peak in COVID-19, Minnesotans must double-down on efforts at social distancing, wear masks when out shopping, and continue to work from home if they can.



This official website also has templates for business safety plans, guidelines on 50 percent occupancy for retail and worker safety guidelines